Spending my teenage years growing up in the 1980s, I enjoyed what I consider to be some of the best television programming in the history of the United States. Don’t get me wrong, the 90s were great too. However, there is something special about the 80s. One show that I couldn’t wait to sit down and watch each and every week was Magnum P.I. It was both funny and intriguing. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that they were doing a reboot of the series – with a new cast of course. One of the stars of the show is the beautiful Perdita Weeks. For many of you, the name may not sound familiar, so we decided to create a list of 10 things you should know about Perdita Weeks.
1. She Is the Younger Sister of Honeysuckle Weeks
Perdita admits that she followed in her older sister’s footsteps, getting into acting at the age of 12, but she insists that there is no sibling rivalry between them. She says that she has a strong admiration for the work her sister has put forth in her own acting career, and that there is plenty of room for them to both thrive in the industry. Perdita believes that having a good example to follow made her entry into the acting profession much easier.
2. She Had a Role in the Television Version of Titanic
Perdita landed the role of Georgiana in the TV version of the blockbuster film Titanic – a role that she says she absolutely fell into. When she read the script, she felt an immediate liking and kinship to the character of Georgiana. In her mind, acting is not something that is difficult; rather, her role as Georgiana was simply about connecting with the character and developing. She says that, by contrast, learning to walk on your hands is difficult.
3. Her Nickname is Pork
Of all the nicknames a person could have, “Pork” is nowhere near the top of the list. The truth is that most everyone who knows Perdita calls her “Perdy”, except for her older sister, Honeysuckle. Honey, as Perdita calls her, has always called Perdita by the name of “Pork”, stemming from the fact that Perdita was a chubby baby by all standards. Well, she certainly managed to shed that baby fat, didn’t she?
4. She Is Extremely Spunky
According to the actresses on the account, she is very spunky by nature. It was this spunkiness that made it easy for her to connect with the character of Georgiana. She admits that she has a certain type of spunkiness that does not cross the line into being uncaring or disrespectful, but she definitely does not back down easily.
5. She Has Had Roles in More than 30 Projects
At just 30 years of age, Perdita has an impressive resume that totals more than 30 projects – including her latest installment in the reboot of Magnum P.I., as well as the TV film Loving, the film The Prince and the Pauper and the television mini-series Great Expectations. It’s amazing that her career spans all the way back to 1993.
6. She is Married to Kit Frederiksen
In 2012, Weeks sealed her relationship with her boyfriend, Kit Frederiksen – getting married and starting a family. Sorry guys, she’s taken. The couple appear to be happily married. One of the challenges of being a full-time Hollywood actor or actress is finding a way to balance career and personal life, but Perdita seems to have done an excellent job transitioning into family life. Having an older sister who had already done it certainly helped.
7. She Has Twin Sons
For most women, the news that they are pregnant and will be giving birth to their first child is something exciting. I am not sure how it is when the news is about twins. I am sure that Perdita took it in stride. She now has two handsome little boys, Rupert Sebastian and Carrington Frederiksen. I am not sure why Rupert gets to have a middle name and Carrington doesn’t, but that’s just the way it is.
8. Her Role in As Above/So Below Allowed Her to Live in Paris
When one is a native of Britain, the idea of taking a trip to Paris is not as captivating as it is for Americans. Nevertheless, Perdita’s role in the movie As Above/So Below necessitated her to stay in Paris for a while. In a recent interview, she confessed that although she had visited Paris multiple times before shooting the movie, living there continuously gave her such profound insight into the wealth and heritage of the city and the nation. She truly embodied her role by taking in her everyday environment.
9. She Was Perfect for the Role of Scarlett Marlowe
Scarlett Marlowe is the role that Perdita played in the film, As Above/So Below, and it is a role that is highly suited for her. She is the modern version of Lara Croft – the female version of Indiana Jones. It takes true adventurousness to shoot in the Catacombs for hours each day and not be overwhelmed.
10. She and Honeysuckle Remain Extremely Close
It is one thing to say that you are not in competition with your sister, who happens to work in the same industry as you, but it is an entirely different thing to describe yourselves as close best friends. When listening to both of these sisters, it is clear that family is of utmost importance to them. Honeysuckle’s bond with her little sister started the day she was born and she says that she has always adored her, which is reciprocated by the admiration that Perdita has for her.